Search Tips

TOPICS:

> I can't seem to find a 78rpm record and I know it should be listed in this database!
> The search engine returned too many results!
> Can I search by composer?
> The search engine didn't return any results - even though it should have!
> Is there limits to how many keywords can be used in a search?
> I have discographical material that I'm willing to share. How can I help?
> Can I print out my search results?
> Can I use the information contained here on another website or blog?


Firstly, a few things:

Using this search engine requires some basic knowledge about classical compositions and performers (especially performers of the 78rpm era). In most cases, the database only lists a performers' last name as these are easily recognisable to most 78rpm collectors. For example, the following names are common to the everyday layman - Menuhin, Caruso, Ormandy, Rachmaninov etc.

We've assumed that you understand that often a classical composition recorded on 78rpm transversed more than one record. Often, compositions required many records and formed a 'set' or 'album' of the completed (or even abbreviated work). We've indicated this thusly: Sides:1-6 or Sides:1-12 - meaning the composition is spread over six (6) or twelve (12) sides of a three or six record set.

If recording or recordings belong to a set - we've included the name of the set to help a collector identify the series.

If a composition fits an odd side of records (ie. five) - we've included the details of the additional side, if known (ie. the sixth side).

Also, in rare cases, we may have abbreviated a composition's full title for brevity.

Our search engine will allow users to search using a variety of inputs for the DB series - including catalog number, composition, performer, matrix and auto coupling numbers.

I can't seem to find a 78rpm record and I know it should be listed in this database!

Try these simple tips:

-- Try keeping your keywords relevant to your search. Our search engine works best when you keep it simple. For example, instead of looking for "New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra" or "Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of "New York" - try searching for "New York Philharmonic" as this will filter your results better.

--Try keeping keywords to a minimum or be selective in the fields that you complete. Using only a few search fields instead of all will help to return accurate matches.

--Try a variety of spellings and don't forget to try alternative abbreviations - such as BBC instead of B.B.C. Our index uses English terms without diacritical marks - so, when searching for Furtwängler use - Furtwangler (and) use Ljungberg instead of Ljüngberg

The search engine returned too many results!

This will occur if the database has numerous entries matching your keyword(s). To overcome this problem, reduce your keywords or filter your results by trying the tips found above...

Can I search by composer?

Yes. But be aware that searching by composer (using the composition(s) field) may return far too many results to be practical. (For example, searching for the composer, 'Beethoven', will return more than 2,000 results!) Searching via composer is best suited to obscure composers...

The search engine didn't return any results - even though it should have!

There may be a number of reasons for this. It's possible you:

--Mis-spelt your keyword(s) or searched for small words that our search engine filters before returning matches.

Is there limits to how many keywords can be used in a search?

Yes. Words that are less than 2 characters in length are ignored by our search engine. For example, searching for "DB" or "to", "and" or "if" will be ignored by our search engine as these are quite useless for accurate matching. The maximum character length of a search term is 30.

I have discographical material that I'm willing to share. How can I help?

There are a number of ways you can help this project:

--Provide us with your discographical work

--Help identify errors

--Proof-read and error detection our database results. Send us a screenshot of the errors or send us an email. We're very friendly...

Can I print out my search results?

Currently, the only way to print your search results is to print your browser page!

Can I use the information contained here on another website or blog?

Yes, but we ask you to do is attribute your source. Please use the linkback code when refering to your source URL: [CODE] www.78rpmcommunity.com His Master's Voice - 'DB', 78rpm International Series Search Index [/CODE]